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W.Va. homeless shelters ready for bitter cold

January 6, 2014
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Homeless shelters in West Virginia could see an increase in residents as bitter cold is predicted across the state.

The National Weather Service has issued wind chill warnings for most of West Virginia, beginning Monday evening. Some areas could see wind chills of minus 30 degrees or lower.

Major John Blevins with the Salvation Army in Wheeling says the organization opened a warming shelter last week when temperatures dropped. It's a place for people to warm up during the day.

Blevins says 28 people are staying at regular shelter for men, women and families. A larger shelter can be set up at a separate church facility if needed.

Chaplain C. Burns with the Union Mission in Charleston says the organization's men's shelter can house up to 150 if needed.

 
 

 

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